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Tenerife in January 2022

Plaza de la Iglesia, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

January begins today with a public holiday on 1 January and yes, it's a Saturday and yes it does still count as a Public Holiday, with no alternative day off in lieu, because Saturday is a working day in Spain, which has a 6 day working week. 

The Three Kings will arrive at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López football stadium in Santa Cruz, in an Army helicopter at 5:00 p.m., but their reception will be behind closed doors. The children will not be able to be in the stadium to experience the emotion of the arrival of the Kings, but they will be able to watch this on Televisión Canaria, which has organized a special program for this purpose. Without the usual Three Kings Parades, their reception will be followed by five Royal Progresses that repeat the formula of last January 5Last year in Santa Cruz, the Three Kings instead made "Royal Progresses" through the five districts of the city, the exact routes kept secret until the last minute to avoid crowds forming. There were no stops, they wouldn't be distributing sweets and wouldn't be able to accept letters in person, just passing by in open top buses, with a police escort.

The Three Wise Men from the East decided to advance their arrival in La Laguna this year, by visiting seven areas on the outskirts of the city. Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar visited Las Chumberas, Valle Tabares, Santa Catalina, Padre Anchieta, Las Carboneras, San Roque and La Barranquera to greet the children and collect their letters, on Sunday, January 2, Monday 3 and Tuesday 4, so they could avoid crowds by spreading their magic.

La Orotava too have also again opted for the Paseo Real (Royal Progress), as in 2021, in which the Kings visited all the neighbourhoods. There The Three Wise Men will land on Mount Teide and use the cable car to descend, then make their Royal Progress through all the districts of the municipality in open top cars. 

The Three Kings will ride through the South of Tenerife in convertible cars

In Arona, events begin at 3:00 p.m. with the delivery of the keys to the municipality to the Three Wise Men at the Town Hall. From there, a tour in vehicles will begin, escorted by the Local Police and Civil Protection, through the municipality to end, at 8:00 p.m. at the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre.

In Adeje, the delegation, which will travel in classic cars, will depart at 4:00 p.m. in a non-stop journey that will last about five hours (click this link for details of all the streets it will pass) and the journey will be made without stops. A vehicle of the volunteer firefighters will announce the passage of the Kings, with enough time so that families can approach or can witness from the balcony. 

San Miguel de Abona also bets on convertible cars, although the Kings will get up early in this municipality to greet the boys and girls. The tour will begin at 11.00 am in Guargacho and will conclude around 6.30 pm at El Frontón. The council has already delivered the keys to the Three Kings and recommends seeing the passage of the Magi from balconies, doors and windows.

The Three Kings will tour Granadilla de Abona between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., passing through El Médano, Los Abrigos, Casablanca, Atogo, La Mareta, La Tejita, Sotavento, San Isidro and El Salto; Granadilla town centre, Charco del Pino, Chimiche, El Desierto, Los Blanquitos, Cruz de Tea, Las Rosas and Las Vegas. The council has reported that no stops will be made, nor will letters be collected, nor will sweets be distributed. At 7:00 p.m., they will broadcast the delivery to the Kings by the mayor of the magic key that opens all the houses in the municipality.

In Guía de Isora, convertible cars will begin to circulate at 5:00 p.m. in El Pozo, El Jaral and Acojeja, and after visiting all the neighbourhoods, will finish in Guía town at 9:00 p.m., according to the council, which reminds people that the Kings will not stop to take pictures nor collect letters or distribute sweets.

As in the rest of the municipalities, in Santiago del Teide there will be a Royal Progress. Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will travel in vehicles through the municipality in a descending direction. The start is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in the Valle de Arriba and its conclusion is planned for 7:15 p.m. in Puerto Santiago. The council warns that in order to watch the route of the royal procession it will be mandatory to wear masks and maintain a safety distance.

Finally, Arico will hand over the keys to the Three Wise Men at 10.30 a.m. at the Town Hall and from there the tour of all the neighbourhoods will begin in a double shift: at 11, starting from El Río, and from 16.00, starting in Arico Nuevo. 

Thursday, 6 January is also a public holiday for Los Reyes (Epiphany). 

The list of municipal holidays for January 2022, include.
  • 18 January: Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza in La Guancha
  • 20 January: Festivity of San Sebastián in Adeje
  • 22 January: Festivity of San Vicente in Los Realejos

Santa Cruz launches a new event for the first day of the year 2022 in the city.

The Sports area of ​​the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, led by Alicia Cebrián, launches the first edition of a popular swimming crossing [of the port] that will take place on January 1, 2022, under the name of "San Salitre".

This event, organized by the Sports Service of the City Council and Gesport Canarias SLU with the collaboration of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, will be held starting at the Los Llanos-Muelle de Rivera Dock, with two distances: 1,000 and 2,000 meters.

A total of 64 artisans from more than twenty trades will exhibit their products in Santa Cruz and La Laguna until January 5th

The Cabildo de Tenerife opens this Sunday, January 2two craft fairs, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna, with which it traditionally contributes to boost sales in the sector during the Christmas holidays, and in which this year a total of 64 artisans related to a wide variety of trades will participate.

The Feria de Artesanía de Reyes (Reyes Crafts Fair), which celebrates its 24th edition, will be located in the Plaza del Príncipe in Santa Cruz and will have the participation of 40 artisans. In La Laguna, the Mercado Navideño de Artesanía (Christmas Handicraft Market) will celebrate its 13th edition in the Plaza del Adelantado, where 31 artisans will meet. The hours of the two fairs, which will remain open until the night of January 5, will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a small interval of one hour, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., when the stalls close.

Mayor of Santiago del Teide, Emilio Navarro presented this morning, January 17, a new edition of the Campaña del Almendro en Flor 2022 (Almond Blossom Campaign 2022), with a program that will integrate a large number of routes, events, contests, gastronomic route, agro-artisan market (as long as the health situation allows it), taking place from January 22 to February 20.

On 22 January there are short and long general routes and a route with pets. On 29 January a family route; on 5 February, a route for the disabled and on 12 February, a route for Lovers. 

There are also photography and story contests, plus a new edition of the gastronomic exhibition around the almond in which 22 establishments and businesses will participate and various gastronomic workshops.

Mayor, Emilio Navarro, pointed out that the flowering of the almond tree is one of the most important events in the municipality with great repercussions at island level. It is also a tourist product within their commitment to ecotourism. The various council departments have designed a very complete program of events so that visitors will enjoy the spectacle of the white and pink of the almond tree blossom that, together with the lava flows through which it passes, will leave a postcard recorded in the memory of those who can make it.

This year the routes are offered in Spanish only, but this hardly calls for complicated comprehension, with a nominal charge of 5 Euros per person.

The festivities in La Florida (La Orotava) are famous in Tenerife, where the tradition of the Gran Puchero (giant stew) and the romería (pilgrimage) stand out. This pilgrimage in honour of San Antonio Abad and the Virgen de La Esperanza began to be celebrated in 1981. This year the romería cannot take place and the stew will be cooked, but to be eaten at home, for the second year in a row, on Saturday, January 29. To do this, boxes with the ingredients were being distributed. The last 'great' stew was held face-to-face in January 2020 and more than 5,000 portions were served. On that occasion, about 70 large, stainless steel cauldrons weighing more than 125 kilos were needed. The ingredients exceeded 4,000 kilos: 650 cabbages, 75 kilos of pineapples, 125 chickens, 700 potatoes and 60 kilos of sweet potatoes, more than 1,300 kilos of pumpkin, more than 1,000 kilos of chayotas (Chayote), 90 kilos of chickpeas, 70 kilos of beans and another of carrots, almost 1,000 kilos of bacon and ribs, 60 kilos of leeks, 25 kilos of garlic, 100 kilos of onion, 45 kilos of parsley, 75 kilos of bubangos (a species of courgette) and 250 kilos of gofio.

El puchero de La Florida, en La Orotava, vuelve a cocinarse y comerse en casa

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